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review 2016-12-21 03:27
Under The Tuscan Sun
Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy - Frances Mayes

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes has long been on my to read list. Unfortunately, though, I found it really challenging to stay engaged in this meandering memoir. Some paragraphs and phrases capture my attention because they capture a certain beauty. For the most part, though, the book reflects a stream of consciousness journal and travelogue, and I can only read so much of that.


Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2016/12/under-tuscan-sun.html


Reviewed for the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.


Source: www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2016/12/under-tuscan-sun.html
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review 2016-12-09 21:54
Under The Tuscan Sun
under the Tuscan Sun - Francis Mayes

Title: Under the Tuscan Sun Author: Frances Mayes Publisher: Trade Paperback Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review: "Under The Tuscan Sun" by Frances Mayes My Thoughts.... What a interesting delightful read that was definitely well written by this author that will keep your attention with all of its very detail descriptions of the 'local and lifestyle of Tuscany.' I found the writing style very relaxing and very descriptive. There were even some inspiring scrumptious recipes [Italian food] that were included in this read that one may what to even try out and for anyone interested in visiting this place on a trip to Tuscany, Italy would definitely benefit from this read especially since it is a true story that will lift your spirits. I did even find some comedy and a little drama that added so well in this story even making you feel that you are there as the people seem to come alive. By end the read I felt I got one beautiful look at Tuscany and YES I would recommend this novel as a good read.

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review 2016-11-09 15:58
REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Tuscan's Revenge Wedding (Italian Billionaires #1) by Jennifer Blake
The Tuscan's Revenge Wedding - Jennifer Blake
The Tuscan's Revenge Wedding is the story of Amanda, a young woman determined never to put herself on the line for a man after watching the train wreck that was her mother after her father died. Her vows take a bashing though when Nico turns up to inform her that her brother had driven his car off a cliff, which Nico's sister beside him. The attraction is instantaneous, and so is the drama.
This is an ok contemporary story, but I'm afraid to say it is because of stories like this that Contemporary stopped being my favourite genre. Amanda's hard won values disappear like smoke in the mist once Nico turns up. He is very rigid in his views, but of course (!), Amanda will set him straight and bring him into the current century. However, when he is ignoring her option to not drink (due to her own family history and reasons), and basically is riding roughshod over her justification, AND SHE GOES ALONG WITH IT!!, this is when it got a bit much for me. 
If you like a 'strong' male lead, with a 'dependent' female, then this is probably the book for you.
* Verified Purchase - March 2013 *
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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/11/review-by-merissa-tuscans-revenge.html
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review 2016-10-18 23:54
Like a charming visit to Italy
Under the Tuscan Sun - Frances Mayes

Edit:  I mentioned in my review that the author paid $1,000,000 for this abandoned villa because she said in the book that she wrote "milione" at the closing so many times.  But Ms. Mayes sent me a tweet questioning where I got that price and that it was a fifth of that or $200,000.  That was when I realized that I hadn't converted the milione that she mentioned from lire to dollars!  It was her entire savings from her marriage that she put into this home.  Plus they did a lot of the work themselves.  Quite a difference with the conversion.  So thank you, Ms. Mayes, for this clarification!


I’ve long been familiar with this book but until now had never had the chance to read it. The 20th Anniversary Edition is being released so I grabbed the chance to read it all these years later.


This memoir is beautifully written and pulls you right into the atmosphere that exclusively belongs to Italy. Though I’ve never visited Italy, I do enjoy reading about it and believe it’s a very unique place. Ms. Mayes and her husband had the privilege and daring to buy a run-down villa in Tuscany 20 years ago and she and her husband undertook the extensive renovation of it.  I must say that it left me quite astonished to hear that they paid $1,000,000 for this villa, were still able to put so much money into the renovation and that this was only to be their summer home.  I couldn’t quite relate to that but regardless of that disconnect, I very much enjoyed reading of their adventures over the years.


The beginning of the book details their search for a home, their finding of Bramasole in Tuscany, their search for contractors and decisions made as to what the renovation would entail and the actual renovation. I love watching “This Old House” and other shows like it so enjoyed the first part of this section.  However, I did become a bit bored with some of the renovation details.


But then she goes on to talk about her exploration of the neighboring areas and her finding of little known paths, roads and churches that she finds and I was entranced. And then, since she’s apparently a gourmet cook, there are the wonderful descriptions of the food of Italy and pages of her recipes that I definitely will be trying over the winter.


All in all, the author has shared her delight in Italy with her readers in a completely captivating way. Recommended.


This book was given to me by the publisher through Blogging for Books in return for an honest review.


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review 2015-12-13 00:00
Tuscan Heat (The Boudreaux Family)
Tuscan Heat (The Boudreaux Family) - Deb... Tuscan Heat (The Boudreaux Family) - Deborah Fletcher Mello
My rating: 3.5 out of 5

Through the misunderstandings, conspiracies and matchmaking Donovan had the smarts to follow his heart. Tuscan Heat was presented to me by NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. Donovan and Gianna really aren't that different from each other. Both are successful in the career of their choice, have strong family ties and have the intellect to accomplish anything. I thought the brains proved to be a hindrance. Too much thinking and not enough doing caused them to miss out on experiences that they needed. Ms. Mello created a story with a homey feel that is as mellow as it is sensual.
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